2018 Mini Goal : Hitting my reading target!

At the start of 2018, I set myself 18 mini goals, one of which was to read 12 books.  With T starting school this year, I've had a little more time to myself before collecting them both from school.  Some of my Mum friends tease me for parking up early before school finishes but I've been using the time as enforced 'me' time and have been putting it to good use, either reading or writing.  Plus, it means I'm parked up before the rush of parents arriving! Win-win I say!

As we got to September, I was pleased with how I was doing. 8 books down: 

Right Behind You - Lisa Gardner
The Ice Twins - S.K. Tremayne
Dead Gone - Luca Veste
Death Message - Kate London
Look Behind You - Sibel Hodge
The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
The Teacher - Katerina Diamond
The Stolen Ones - Richard Montanari

Out of these 8, I struggled to get into 5 of them and they really didn't grip me. It almost felt a chore to finish them. I did enjoy Look Behind You and The Husband's Secret though.  

T starting school made a big difference! Between September and writing this, I have read:

Until You're Mine - Samantha Hayes
The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney
Date to Remember - Susanna Beard
Beneath the Skin - Caroline England
The Perfect Girl - Gilly Macmillan
The Memory Garden - Rachel Hore
Sweetpea - C.J. Skuse
In a Cottage in a Wood - Cass Green
While You Sleep - Stephanie Merritt
Too Close For Comfort - Eleanor Moran 

In total, I managed 18 books, 6 more than my target. I am more than pleased with that and I'm aiming for 20 in 2019.

What books really gripped you in 2018, which would you recommend?


  1. That's definitely more than I managed. I'm so poor at remembering titles and authors. The last one I read was good. "There are crocodiles in the sea" A true life story but I can't remember the author's name. #Twinklytuesday


  2. Congrats! My goal was 100 but I didn't start until June, so I only got to 75. SO many good books, which to choose? The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya, Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz to name a few have been some of my favorites over the last couple of months. #TwinklyTuesday

  3. You have inspired me as I struggle to find or make the time to read even though I love it and pre-children it was so much a part of my identify. I did better but not great in 2018 at getting reading done and hope to improve even more this year. My late mum used to say you are never truly lonely if you have a good book on the go #TwinklyTuesday

  4. I love all the books by Blake Pierce and I read Sarah Millican's book last year that made me snort with laughter at points! I've already read one book this year, not sure which from the pile to start reading next! #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Wow well done that you managed to beat your target. In September I picked up a book again after years. I loved reading through my childhood, teens and early twenties so I was a bit upset this hobby fell by the wayside. But since Sept I've not read 11 books so definitely on the up! #TwinklyTuesday

  6. The husband wife and the teacher are cracking read, I do love a good psychological thriller X #twinklytuesday